To celebrate the creativity found in businesses across the country, we’re searching for America's Most Unique Business. Hundreds of businesses nationwide entered, and over the past several weeks, 32 have gone head-to-head in a bracket-style tournament.
We’re now down to the final four contestants. Whether they’re unusual, innovative, or stand out from the crowd with one-of-a-kind products and services, each remaining contestant demonstrates the originality that thrives in America’s small businesses. After reading about each one, please vote for who you believe deserves the title of America's Most Unique Business.
Clutter Studios – Beacon, N.Y.
Part of the worldwide designer toy movement, Clutter Studios works with artists to create custom-made, limited-edition toys. The Clutter Studios team uses state-of-the-art 3D scanning, modeling, and printing, along with traditional sculpting, solid and roto-cast resin casing, and full factory production to turn artists' visions into reality. In addition to its creative production and design services, the business also publishes Clutter Magazine, a free print publication covering industry trends for creative professionals, companies, and collectors. Clutter Studios runs a gallery in Beacon, N.Y., exhibiting world-class art toys and globally relevant subculture.
The core team is comprised of Josh Kimburg, Clutter's CEO, an award-winning creator who has worked as a sculptor, a new media artist, and web publisher, and Miranda O'Brien, chief creative officer and editor in chief. Kimburg co-founded the company with art director Nick Carroll. Clutter Studios employs five staff and two contributors.
The firm creates unusual toys with memorable names, such as the Sparkleberry Mister Melty Buff Monster, the Octodunny, and the Dissected Bear Head.
The Designer Toy Awards calls Clutter Studios "the go-to destination for creatives, companies, and collectors, providing regular in-depth trend analysis directly from the vinyl frontier where fine art meets fine artifacts." (Clutter Magazine hosts the awards.) Six years ago, MTV.com hailed the art toy scene's "huge presence online and in specialty shops." Clutter has defined and ridden the wave, and now stands as a creative icon in the art-toy field.
Do you think Clutter Studios deserves the title of America's Most Unique Business? Vote now!